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Associate Research Scientist



The Associate Research Scientist will assume the role of Director of Child Care & Early Education Research Connections and will provide overall leadership for this multi-dimensional, web-based project, operated through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children & Families, DHHS. The Director guides project activities for which staff at the National Center for Children in Poverty have primary responsibility (ongoing development of the site's comprehensive database of research on early care and education and outreach to researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the field). Also oversees work on activities conducted by NCCP's partner/subcontractor, the Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan (maintenance of the project's state of the art website; growing its archive of datasets for secondary analysis), and guides and coordinates activities for which NCCP and ICPSR share responsibility (technical assistance and training; development and maintenance of metadata describing the project's collections of research and datasets). The position is 60% time and effort with opportunities for the candidate to pursue own research in support of NCCP's mission to potentially bring to full-time (100%) status.


The position requires a Ph.D. or Ed.D. or equivalent in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Must have knowledge of early childhood research, policies, and programs, as well as experience with various forms of outreach to research and policy audiences. We are seeking an established researcher with extensive experience managing and overseeing large multi-component projects and with qualitative and/or quantitative analysis. Candidate must have demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, grant writing experience, and five or more years of relevant experience beyond the doctoral degree.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with SAS, SPSS, and/or other statistical software packages; Microsoft Office and database software, such as Excel and/or Access.

Visit Jobs at Columbia to apply, where the requisition number is 0004714.